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‘Historic’ deal to halt hazardous waste export to south

October 28, 2011
"UNEP is pleased to announce a historic agreement ending a 15-year deadlock over banning north-south movement of hazardous waste,"
- Michael Stanley-Jones, UN

Leading world economies will no longer be able to export hazardous waste to poorer nations unless they obtain the latter's consent, a spokesman from the UN environment agency said Tuesday.

"UNEP is pleased to announce a historic agreement ending a 15-year deadlock over banning north-south movement of hazardous waste," Michael Stanley-Jones told a press conference.

"Representatives of 118 members of the Basel Convention, the global treaty on waste management, have reached a historic agreement unblocking an amendment that will ban the export of hazardous wastes from OECD to non-OECD countries, known as the Ban Amendment," he said.

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